Report: Penn State and Seton Hall Approaching Agreement on Home-and-Home Series Beginning in 2020-21

By Dylan Burd on May 24, 2020 at 8:00 am
Jan 7, 2020; Piscataway, New Jersey, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Pat Chambers reacts during the second half against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Rutgers Athletic Center (RAC).
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Penn State and Seton Hall are "close to finalizing" a home-and-home series to open up the season starting in 2020-21, per Zach Braziller of the NY Post.

The first game would be played this November at the Bryce Jordan Center. The second matchup would take place the following year and would be played at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, where Seton Hall plays their home basketball games. 

Seton Hall finished the 2019-20 season at No. 15 in the AP Poll with a 21-9 record. The Pirates spent 16 of the 20 weeks of the season inside the top-25, with a season-high ranking of No. 8 on March 2.

Penn State concluded its season unranked with a 21-10 record but was included in the AP Poll for a total of 10 weeks throughout the season. Additionally, the Nittany Lions reached a season-high ranking of No. 9 on February 17. 

Despite the schools only distanced 221 miles apart, Penn State and Seton Hall have only played six times in history, with the Nittany Lions leading the all-time series, 5-1. The last meeting between the teams was on December 8, 2007 at the Bryce Jordan Center, where Penn State won in overtime, 89-86.

Seton Hall joins Florida as a confirmed non-conference opponent for the 2020-21 season. Additionally, Penn State will play in the Charleston Classic which includes VCU, Florida State, Tennessee, Houston, Oklahoma State, as well as Seton Hall. 

Penn State's non-conference strength of schedule was ranked outside the top-300  in 2019-20, according to Ken Pom, and it's clear the program is trying to improve that number going forward. The rest of the Nittany Lions non-conference schedule will be released in the coming months.